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About Us

The initiative to establish a library association was led by Mr. A. S. Bryant, the first Director of the Jamaica Library Service, as such a body was regarded as an 'essential part of library organisation in the island.' Accordingly in 1949, a year after the Jamaica Library Service was established, the Provisional Library Board approved the convening of a meeting of all persons working in libraries or having an interest in library development. The meeting was a success as 94 persons met at the St. Catherine Parish Library on July 14, 1949 and passed a resolution that the Jamaica Library Association be formed.

To provide leadership in the development, promotion and mobilization of personnel, institutions and resources in the information field in order to encourage learning and facilitate access to information.


The Jamaica Library Association was founded to:-

- Unite all persons engaged in or interested in library work in Jamaica and provide opportunities for their meeting together to discuss matters relating to libraries.

- Encourage co-operation between libraries and promote the active development and maintenance of libraries throughout Jamaica.

- Promote a high standard of education and training of library staff and work towards improving the status of librarians.

- Promote a wider knowledge of library work and to form an educated public opinion on libraries.

The affairs of the Association are managed by an Executive Committee of not more than fifteen(15) members. The officers of the Association comprise the President, the Immediate Past President, not more than two Vice-presidents, the Honorary Secretary and the Honorary Treasurer.

The Association organizes (a) regular meetings, (b) professional meetings, (c) seminars and workshops and (d) conferences. The Association hosts an Annual General Meeting in January of each year. Regular meetings are held at least three times a year. Meetings of the Executive are held as often as is necessary for the transaction of business.

Meet the 2021 Executive

Positions Names 
President/ DLIS Institution Representative Mark-Jeffery Deans 
1st Vice President/Treasurer Kerry Rodney Wellington   

2nd Vice President/Assistant Secretary

Marsha Crawford
Honorary Secretary Simone Harrison
Immediate Past President  Nicholas Graham
Chair Retired Members Special Interest Group -- .--
Chair Academic Libraries Section Joseph Kerr
Chair Records and Archives Management Section/NLJ Representative    Tracey-Ann Ricketts
Chair Schools Section Ruth Baker-Gardner
Chair Special Libraries Section
Leleka Johnson 
Chair Education and Training Working Party Nicola Palmer
Chair Fundraising Working Party Stacey Morant
Chair Information Technology Working Party Marsha-Gay Robinson
Chair Membership & Condition. of Service Working Party Nicoleen Saunders-Grant
Chair Public Relations Working Party Monique Forgie-Scott
Chair Research and Publication Working Party Sasekea Harris
JARD Representative Krystelle Scott
JLS Representative Keisha Walton
Chair Advocacy Sub-Section Adele Merritt Bernard
Chair Functions Sub-Section Chantal Cousins
Chair Awards Sub-Section Juliet Fuller
Chair Building and Property Development  Sub-Committee --.--